Miguel Contreras: Legacy of a Labor Leader
This book explores the Los Angeles labor movement, the emergence of new immigrant and worker struggles, and the role of one of the most important labor leaders in recent history.
Kent Wong and Michael Viola
Miguel Contreras (1952–2005) helped transform the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor into a dynamic and powerful force for social change by advancing a vision that linked immigrant organizing and political power. As a result, Los Angeles labor has become a leading force for progressive change in California politics.
Published in English and Spanish, this book explores Miguel’s life in five sections: 1) Miguel’s roots with the United Farm Workers union; 2) revitalizing the Los Angeles labor movement; 3) the struggle for immigrant rights; 4) building labor’s political power; and 5) Miguel’s lasting legacy. Integrated throughout are personal reflections from community and political leaders and archival photographs. This book can be used as a reference for educators, community members, youth, and labor organizations interested in furthering the movement for social justice.